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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:15 am, Tue Feb 21, 2012.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) North Korea will launch "merciless" strikes if South Korea goes through with planned live-fire drills Monday in a disputed front-line area near their disputed sea border, a North Korean officer warned in an interview with The Associated Press.

North Korea doesn't want a war but its people are always ready to "dedicate their blood to defend their inviolable territory," officer Sin Chol Ung from the North Korean People's Security Forces told AP on Sunday as South Korean troops prepared to hold the drills in an area that was the target of a deadly artillery attack in 2010.

South Korea is scheduled to stage regular one-day artillery drills Monday from front-line islands in waters off the western coast that North Korea claims as its territory. South Korea informed Pyongyang of the training plan on Sunday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Seoul.

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